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Undergraduate Research Enrichment Funds Program

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What is the Undergraduate Research Enrichment Funds Program?

The Undergraduate Research Enrichment Funds have replaced the Presidential Research Scholars and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programs. The UREF Program provides up to $3000 to student-faculty teams in support of scholarly and creative activity.  Funds can be used to support project-related expenses (equipment, supplies, etc.), student stipend and/or travel, and up to $500 in professional development funds for the faculty mentor. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Committee requests applications for the next award period from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. All full-time undergraduate students with the support of a faculty mentor are eligible to apply.  The application deadline is January 31 of each year.

  This let’s you step out and get a new view on a question you’re interested in."  

 - Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, BA Theatre and Dance, Presidential Research Scholar 2008-2009

Want to learn more?

READ THIS FIRST:  Program Description and Instructions


  • Promote independent research and creative activity with scholarly merit.

  • Support the incorporation of research training into the collegiate educational experience.

  • Encourage collaboration between faculty and student researchers. 

  • Provide students with experience in a competitive proposal process.



  • The student applicant must be a full-time, undergraduate student during the entire award period who are at least sophomore status with support of a faculty member who will serve as a research mentor.

  • The project scope, magnitude, and duration should be sufficient to justify the budget.

  • Research must be conducted at Austin Peay State University or at an external site under the direct supervision of the faculty mentor.

  • The applicant is expected to be the primary author of the student narrative and proposal form. The faculty mentor should work closely with the student applicant to develop the proposal and should review the written proposal several times prior to submission. For projects proposing the use of human research subjects or animals, a copy of the IACUC or APSU Institutional Review Board approval for the project must be included.

  • The student applicant must request evaluation by two faculty members, including the faculty mentor, and obtain support from the research department's Department Chair through the appropriate online forms linked above.

  • Each UREF Scholar will participate in the APSU Research and Creativity Forum and complete a post award survey. Faculty mentors will be required to submit and evaluate student learning objectives associated with the proposed project. 

  • It is expected that the faculty mentor will work closely with the student through each component of the proposed project. This mentorship will be important for completion of the project as well as the assessment of the student learning objectives.


  • The proposal components are complete, well-written, and clearly presented.
  • The project represents an original scholarly plan with the potential to make a contribution to the body of knowledge in the discipline and the applicant and mentor have background appropriate to the project being conducted.
  • The project addresses a clearly defined problem with an appropriate literature review demonstrating the connections between the proposed work and the body of knowledge in the field.

  • The proposed methods are appropriate to the discipline and problem and are likely to produce meaningful results.

  • The project has a clearly-defined, feasible plan of work including a timetable for completion of various goals and a budget.


Questions regarding application procedures may be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Research (, 931-221-7625).

Questions regarding the APSU Institutional Review Board may be directed to Dr. Jonniann Butterfield ( Further information about obtaining approvals from the APSU-IRB may be obtained at: 

Questions regarding the APSU Animal Care and Use Committee may be directed to Dr. Gilbert Pitts (  Further information about obtaining approvals from the APSU Animal Use and Care Committee may be obtained at: 


Proposals should be submitted >>HERE by January 31.  See the Program Description and Instructions for complete details.


If you’ve got a creative and interesting idea, definitely apply...  Don’t second guess yourself.   If you have just the start of something, write down your good beginning and send it in!"    

 - Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva